Some thoughts on Nora and Ren
It was a nice, relaxing weekend—-no crazy stories this time, but I figured I should go ahead an clarify some things about my “fan-fiction” before I get caught up in another theory/thought/idea. :) I also want to go into why Nora and Ren are just awesome—-together or on their own. :)
So, as I prefaced for the story—I really don’t consider it a fan-fiction. It is, but it isn’t. Basically, I had theory of something that might happen in RWBY in maybe a season or two that involved Nora and Ren. It may be used to flesh them out, or to introduce a new concept of Aura, or to start a relationship like some shippers want…who knows. When the idea hit me, all I knew is that their personalities were perfect for it. I could have easily just said all of that without the story, but I was in the mood for something a little different is all.
I want to be clear on one other point. It is NOT a shipping. There is absolutely no romance involved. It is raw emotion, true, but this is the kind of rage that anyone can feel when someone they care about on such a level can feel. It doesn’t have to be romantic. Yang would do it for Ruby and vice versa. I would do it for my mother or my best friend who is like a sister to me. While such a scenario could go anywhere, I was not focusing on a relationship between those two…at least not in that sense.
What I was focusing on was their personalities. So lets talk about that—-and we will start with Ren. :)
Ren is the calm, quiet, stoic type. He is very respectable and very tolerant. I mean, most people would have punched Nora for waking them up like that at who-knows-what-time. He maybe sighed once, but other than that he was completely composed. During the fight, even chasing Nora—-he has a sense of composure that you can be pretty sure is not shaken easily. Ren also has Amazing stamina.
Oooo I see some Wiki fans going “huh…what? He fell twice!”
No, actually, he fell once and was winded once. But he had some damn good reasons, too. When he fell, he had previously been slammed up against a STONE wall. AFTER everything else. But let me back up a little bit. I am proposing that Ren worked at least 2-3 times harder than anyone else during the Emerald Forest episode. In order to do so, we have to compare what everyone went through. So, here we go—-a brief summary!
Ruby and Weiss experienced two half-battles. One battle, they left early because of miscommunication and walked on for a time before running into the bird. They had a break pretty much between battles, and they apparently didn’t really battle the bird. So two battles with a break in-between.
Yang has a tangle with some Ursas briefly, Blake lends a quick hand on the last one, then they find the Ruins and eventually everyone catches up with them. Off into the final battle—-so two battles, with a break in-between…and a semi-long one, from the looks of it.
Pyrrha and Jaune walk around, she uses a bit of Aura to unlock Jaune and is briefly tired but shakes it off, they run into the death stalker, get chased by it. Now, of course, we are not sure how far they are from the Ruin exactly… BUT Jaune gets flung and is cushioned by a tree. Pyrrha gets knocked by the Deathstalker and is out for a bit, probably a bit winded. Then into the final battle.
We really don’t have much idea of what Nora gets into besides something Ursas and the final battle…but Nora is Nora. She probably never sleeps! ^_^
Now on to Ren. Ren takes on TWO snakes on his own primarily using Aura as his defense and offense. We know using Aura makes you tired, and he obviously used WAY more than what Pyrrha used. But after the battle—he merely brushes himself off. Then he runs into Nora. Now, we can not say for sure exactly how long between the Snakes and the Ruins it takes for them to find the Ursas, but we can probably guess that as they are walking around, Nora decides to play with the over-grown Teddy-bears. Poor Ren is forced to chase after her and defend himself. And it looks like Ursas tend to hunt in packs as seen with Yang’s fight. So after expanding both Aura and chasing after Nora, probably fighting an Ursa or two depending on how many were involved, he gets a very brief break before he heads into a THIRD battle with the Deathstalker. So by the end of the THIRD battle, he is tossed against a Stone wall.
So..I ask you…Do you really believe that Ren has less stamina than the others as is indicated in the Wiki? I think not :P If anything he works three times harder than the others in that one episode, and rightly collapses after hitting solid stone from several feet. From what I understand on some of the other co-workers at RT7s view of Monty, he tends to be a bit of a workaholic. I would have to find that clip again..but anyway, I think it is a pretty apt symbolism. :) Anyway, Ren in a nut-shell. :) Calm, respectable, hard-working, and has one hell of a load of stamina.
Now, on to talking about Nora’s personality.
Nora, on the other hand, is a bottle of…no, more like a few barrels, of energy. Nothing stops her. She is all over the place. She has this very innocent side to her, like everything is a game. Always laughing and full of joy, even when she is dispatching Grimm. I bet she is the kind of person who wakes up super early, but goes to bed really late because…well, she can’t stop moving. AND she is super-smart. No, seriously. Think about that time when she launched Jaune across that huge gap. Do you realize the amount of calculation and prediction that takes? Too much strength and he over-shoots back into the forest. Too little and he falls to his death. In a split second, she was able to determine how much power she needed to use and launched him safely across. That isn’t something you just do and hope you are lucky. She did it because she *KNEW* that he would make it just fine. That ability to automatically adjust and fine-tune the amount of power you put into the kind of moves she does is nothing short of genius. She is probably great at trick billiards! :D She is just a bit of a kinesthetic Genius. :)
Now, Ren and Nora are the perfect balance for each other. Without Nora, Ren would be a bit of a stick in the mud. He smiles because she taught him how to. I am almost positive of that. I bet he would have only ever studied as a kid if it wasn’t for Nora.
Nora, on the other hand, has no direction without Ren. He is kind of an anchor for her. I can imagine that when they were kids, he would be the one reminding her to finish her homework or something like that. She does great, she just needs to be pointed in a certain way. She has too much energy to focus on boring stuff—-but anything she thinks is fun (like a field trip..) I am sure she has no problem remembering and preparing for. :)
And Nora is really kind of a simple, innocent soul. She is very efficient, as well. Sure, she is all over the place—-but ask her to do something, and—BAM—it is done. In the Emerald Forest, she was dancing around with the Castle —but the moment Ren called her, she stood at attention and skipped off toward him. During the chase before the final battle of that same episode, Ren directs her to distract it—obviously the Deathstalker. She jumps on it, firing away hesitation. Later, Jaune says they need to get over to the other side—-and she just grins and—-BAM, problem solved. He is on the other side. Later, Jaune tells her to Nail it and she is off.
Do you see a trend there? Quick, short commands, she responds with an immediate solution that is usually quite effective, even if it is not orthodox. Later, during Jaundice, when everyone is talking about his bullying problem and Pyrrha says he just needs to ask and they will help him—she comes up with a very simple, efficient solution. Break Cardin’s legs. Yes, it is a bit…extreme (I still support it!) but it is very efficient. With his legs broken, he will no longer be able to bully anyone because he will be incapacitated. Depending on the way in which they break it, he would be out of everyone’s hair for a while. She chose a method that would not kill him, just prevent him from continuing to bully Jaune and others. She is also surprisingly observant and she is aware of what is going on around her. She recognizes how weird it is for Jaune to be out and about so late, especially with a Field Trip (anything that fun will be hard for her to forget..she was probably counting off the days on a calendar lol) And she caught on to the ton of Pyrrha’s voice when Pyrrha said she was sure Jaune knew exactly what they were doing.
It was that bubbly, energetic nature and that serious, focused side that prompted my little “Fan-fiction” thing. Ren often takes on a kind of “big brother” role with Nora. For example, when he corrects and keeps the focus of her dream rather than letting her expand it every time she tells it. He knows that Nora can take care of herself, but he still worries and cares for her. As a friend, brother, or lover—-who knows? It is strong enough. For all his composure, the one thing that would make him snap is losing someone he cares about. It is a common Cliche in many stories. On top of that, we know that Ren has endured her crazy antics and constant chatter for *years*. Her suddenly in a coma would drive him crazy. It would be the one emotion he could not control.
Now some may be wondering…well, you can do that with any one else in RWBY. This is true…but the thing is, it wouldn’t be so out of character for them. Everyone else has demonstrated that they tend to react when pushed or emotional. Blake does through sarcastic wit (shown since the second episode). Yang obviously goes berserk, as we see a few times. Weiss, Ruby, Pyrrha, Jaune—Even Nora. They all have these little twerks in their personalities that show that it really wouldn’t be so abnormal for them.
Ren, on the other hand, has almost never shown this kind of compunction. Even when he yelled for Nora, it was more to get her attention because he probably actually said her name a couple of times and she (and we) just couldn’t hear
it over her singing lol.
I have heard people say that Ren and Nora have been pretty much put on the back-burner, but I really think that we got a ton of information about the two of them just in those few episodes. A lot of it was really subtle stuff—-just people who interact with each other. But watching it closely, you can start to see these kinds of patterns. Whether I am accurate or not is actually debatable. After all, I am not Monty. I can only guess and infer :) As for if those two should be a couple or not—-I wouldn’t mind either way. If Monty wants to put them together, great. If not, great. They are, after all, his characters. This is his story and his world. :) He is free to take any of my ideas, too hehe. ^_^
Oh, and I do think that a soul/aura eating Grimm is in the future as well. :)